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Old September 15th, 2013, 06:34 PM
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MAXTRAX -- is there a less expensive alternative?

Has anyone purchased or used MAXTRAX (http://www.maxtrax.com.au) ... ? I'd like to get one, as they appear to be effective... but at $300 + international shipping, they're pretty steep... Anyone have any thoughts or advice or alternatives?

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Old September 15th, 2013, 06:50 PM
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Ive used the lower cost smittybuilt, but paid the extra $ to Maxtrax for their higher quality product. With recovery gear, I tend to gravitate to quality over price.

Lurk around for discussion on both:
http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...ment-and-Tools
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Old September 15th, 2013, 07:02 PM
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You really need such an exotic local just for standup?
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Old September 15th, 2013, 07:06 PM
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You really need such an exotic local just for standup?
it's just where i live...
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Old September 15th, 2013, 08:22 PM
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Steve has a couple other options that are less money

http://www.southeastoverland.com/ind...d=12&Itemid=33
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Old September 15th, 2013, 08:30 PM
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Maxtrax are the best. They are available here in the US for around $269 per set. Check Outback Proven or Sierra Expediions, or Southeast Overland is relatively local to you, SC.
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Old September 15th, 2013, 08:31 PM
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An alternative would be lockers or perhaps a more aggressive tire tread?
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Old September 15th, 2013, 09:04 PM
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You get what you pay for. Yes you can get a deal on the rip off version but you don't want to find out how much they suck when you really need them. Max Trax was first and is the original. I always beware of imitators.
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Old September 15th, 2013, 09:06 PM
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Depending on your tolerance for challenging terrain I would say all three. Not mutually exclusive?

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Old September 15th, 2013, 09:12 PM
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Agreed. But looking at that picture my first thought was that I'd rather be able to drive through it than get out and wade int crotch deep water to lay sand tracks, and then later wade in into said water and reach into the bottom to retrieve my sand ladders
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Old September 15th, 2013, 09:28 PM
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MAXXTRAXX aren't going to help you in 2 feet of water. I'm not a huge fan of Maxtrax, the first time you spin a tire on them they wear the knobs down immediately.
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An alternative would be lockers or perhaps a more aggressive tire tread?
All good stuff, but won't help with bridging. I use our MT frequently to help with bridging and to ease exits. Years ago I would kerf up four feet of 2x12 chestnut barn board for the same function.
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Land anchor / pull pal?

Only because I'm assuming you don't have a tree or fixed point nearby that you can run winchline to.
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I've seen some guys use this stuff, I think they pulled it out of dumper from a construction job site so don't know the retail price. It has cast in traction texture too (ie stair tread tape) It makes a lot of noise but holds up very well, mud and water run through the holes.

http://www.gratingpacific.com/fiberg...ibergrate.html
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Wow. 2' deep swamp crawl and fending off saltwater crocs just to go surfing??? That's dedication to the sport.
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Wow. 2' deep swamp crawl and fending off saltwater crocs just to go surfing??? That's dedication to the sport.
Thats the SOP for good waves in Costa Rica
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I use the Bushranger X-trak, which are rubber mats that roll out and are good for wet areas, sand and bog. Those are about $200. They roll up into a ball but are HEAVY. Also have Waffle sand bridging ladders that are pretty strong. Also about $200.
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Agreed. But looking at that picture my first thought was that I'd rather be able to drive through it than get out and wade int crotch deep water to lay sand tracks, and then later wade in into said water and reach into the bottom to retrieve my sand ladders

OR - never find them in the mud again because the weight of the truck pushed them too deep
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Looks like that truck is enjoying life ....
Ahhh....sometimes I do miss Florida....the beach, the jungle rivers, the womenz, the drive thru liquor stores, the chiggers, the 6 foot long water moccasins....
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